MPG

Versa

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/40 hwy

Fiesta

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/37 hwy

Transmission

The Versa offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Fiesta doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Versa has larger standard tires than the Fiesta (195/65R15 vs. 185/60R15). The Versa SV’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fiesta (205/55R16 vs. 195/50R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Versa SR has standard 17-inch wheels. The Fiesta’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

The Versa has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Fiesta doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Versa has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Versa flat and controlled during cornering. The Fiesta’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Versa’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Fiesta (103.1 inches vs. 98 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Versa is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Fiesta.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Versa a Compact car, while the Fiesta Sedan is rated a Subcompact.

The Versa has 3.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Fiesta (88.9 vs. 85.1).

The Versa has .4 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear hip room and 4.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fiesta Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Versa has a much larger trunk than the Fiesta Sedan (14.7 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Versa’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Fiesta SE/ST-Line.

The Versa has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Fiesta has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/ST-Line.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Versa detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Fiesta doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Versa has standard extendable sun visors. The Fiesta doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Versa SR offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Fiesta doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

The Nissan Versa outsold the Ford Fiesta by 47% during 2018.

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